Joseph Zarek, CDE, HE
5201 Pole Rd
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: (703) 772-9133   Fax: (866) 974-8489
http://www.forensichandwritingservices.com/
joseph.zarek@gmail.com


Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert with 20 extensive years of experience in All Source Intelligence Analysis, cryptology, Special Security, and Adjudication matters who brings peace of mind to individuals and organizations regarding matters concerning questioned documents and handwriting.


Forensic Examination Provided For:

Disputed documents or signatures, including wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, medical records, and autograph authentication.

Education


B.S. Liberal Studies-Forensic Science Concentration, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, 2011

Forensic Document Examination Training and Apprenticeship

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis (MSSFHA) Conference, Hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, 2013
International School of Forensic Document Examination Apprenticeship Certification Program, 2006
International School of Forensic Document Examination Annual Laboratory Conference , 2006  -
Guest Instructor: Questioned Document Examiner, Mrs. Katherine Koppenhaver *
International School of Forensic Document Examination Annual Laboratory Conference , 2005
American Institute of Applied Science (AIAS) for Questioned Document Examination Certificate, 2005

Apprenticeship training under Mr. Don Lehew, Mr. Reed Hayes, Mr. Robert Baier, Mr. Curt Baggett, and Mr. Bart Baggett (2003-2006); Combined 116 years of document examining experience. 

* Mrs. Katherine Koppenhaver is no longer listed as a mentor, or having served an apprenticeship with her.  Throughout the entire apprenticeship training between 2003 through 2006, Mrs. Katherine Koppenhaver was identified as a mentor and affiliate with the International School of Forensic Document Examination’s Apprenticeship Certification Program.  On 09 January 2014, Mrs. Koppenhaver contacted me via email and requested this information no longer be reported, as she believes it to be false.  Advanced Forensic Handwriting Services (AFHS) and its employees attempt to work with all professionals.  However, any disputes and issues between Mrs. Koppenhaver and the International School of Forensic Document Examination or any other institution and organization do not involve AFHS or any of its employees and affiliates.
 

Additional Education and Training

International Conversationalist Hypnotherapist Certification, 2011
FBI Development Instructor Certification, 2011
Library of National Intelligence Certificate, 2011
John Reid’s Basic and Advanced Interview and Interrogation Technique, 2010
Kenneth Sudol’s Personnel Security and Suitability Adjudication, 2010
Introduction to Analytical Investigative Tools, 2010
Federal Bureau of Investigation Overseas Security Awareness Training, 2010
Investigative Data Warehouse (IDW) – Basic and Advanced Query, 2009
Federal Bureau of Investigation Adjudicator Certificate, 2009
Advanced Forensic Investigator 2-Year Certificate, NVVC Annandale, VA, 2009
Statement Analyst Certificate, 2007
Preliminary Investigations and Collecting Evidence Unit of LETS Certificate, 2007
Computer Forensics, 2007
Trace Evidence, Survey of Criminology, Survey of Criminal Justice, 2006
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Security Manager Course, 2005
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Managers/Supervisor (ADAMS) Facilitator Course, Drug and Alcohol
Program Management Activity (DAPMA), Norfolk, VA, 2005
Special Security Officer Course, NCTAMS WESTPAC Guam, 1997
Shipboard Intelligence Officer Course, Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific (FITCPAC), San
Diego, CA, 1990
Intelligence Photographer Course, Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific (FITCPAC),  SanDiego, CA, 1990
Cryptologic Technician Administrative “A” School, NTTC Corry Station, Pensacola, FL, 1986

Specific Areas of Training:

Handwriting Identification and Discrimination
Signature Comparison
Techniques for Distinguishing Forged Signatures
Disguised Handwriting
Altered Numbers
Anonymous Writing
Laboratory Procedures
Ethics in Business and the Legal System


Laboratory Equipment used for examination:


   •  Numerous measuring devices and grids
   •  Variety of magnification equipment
            º  Hand held magnifiers
            º  Magnifying portable lamp
            º  Bausch and Lomb Stereo Microscope 7X – 30X
            º  Trinocular Stereo Zoom Microscope With Boom Stand - SZSTL2
                7X – 45X
   •  Magnifying Camera OC 185
   •  Testrite CS-2 Copy Stand with Lights
   •  Kodak Z740 Digital Camera
   •  Polaroid Digital Camera Equipment
   •  Special Lighting
   •  Boreal Laboratories Light Filters
   •  Porta-Trace Light Box, Gagne, INC.
   •  LDP LLC UV light
   •  HP Officejet 7310 All-in-One (fax/Scanner/Copier/Printer)
   •  COMPAX Presario SR122ONX Computer
   •  HP Pavilion 15-inch Monitor
   •  Toshiba Satellite A 105 - S4334 System Unit, 17-inch monitor
   •  CEDAR FOX – U.S. Government Recognized Questioned Document Analysis Program


Library


   • Over 800 peer reviewed journal articles, and 25 books relating to document examination, handwriting, forensics, and investigations available for reference.
   • The QDE INDEX by Mr. Marcel B. Matley (2006).  This is an index of periodical articles covering the topics of Forensic Document Examination, Handwriting
      Expertise and Expert Testimony over the past 100+ years.  The index is updated annually and consists of more than 3,000 journal citations.


Conferences Attended

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis (MSSFHA) Conference, Hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, 2013
Professional Speakers 4-day Seminar, Las Vegas, NV; 30 May – 5 June 2008
Professional Speakers 4-day Seminar, Los Angeles, CA; October 9-12 2006
International School of Forensic Document Examination Annual Laboratory Conference: Dallas, TX; 13-15 October 2006 (Guest Instructor: Questioned Document Examiner, Mrs. Katherine Koppenhaver )
International School of Forensic Document Examination Annual Laboratory Conference
: Dallas, TX; October 14-16 2005
International Handwriting Symposium, Washington, DC; July 15-17 2003


Lectures Presented

“Leadership Behavior Traits”, FBI Leadership Group, 2010
“Extreme Behaviors, Serial Killers, & You”, Northern Virginia CC, Annandale, VA, 2008
10 Identified Red Flags to CHAI, June 30, 2007
Identity Theft, Cryptologic and Intelligence personnel onboard USS SAN JACINTO, Jan 11, 2006
OPSEC; monthly presentation  to new personnel onboard USS SAN JACINTO, 2004-2006
Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Supervisors, Drug and Alcohol Program Management Activity (DAPMA), Norfolk, VA, May, 2005

While serving in U.S. Navy, provided monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, and annual lectures on matters of national security, physical security, special security, operations security, inspections and investigations presented to both military and civilian audiences, 1986 – 2006


Books Written

Naughty or Nice – Whose List Are You On?  (10 Red Flag Behaviors Found in Relationships), 2011, AFHS Publishing

Honors & Awards

Quality, Excellence, Design Digital Publishing New Author Award, 2011
Iraq Campaign Ribbon, 2006
Global War On Terrorism, Expeditionary Medal, 2006
Global War On Terrorism, Service Medal, 2006
Good Conduct Medal, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1990
National Defense Service Medal, 2006, 1990
Joint Service Achievement Medal, 2001
Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2000

Air Force Achievement Medal, 2000
Expert Pistol Shot Medal, 1992
Southwest Asia Service Medal, 1991
Humanitarian Medal, 1997, 1991
Kuwait Liberation Medal, 1991
Congressional Recognition Award, 1985


Professional Affiliations

Honorary Chairperson, Coalition of Handwriting Analysts, International (CHAI)

Professional/Personal References Available Immediately Upon Request